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Univ. of Nebraska: Anti-gay discrimination has no place in football
  • Petitioned University of Nebraska

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University of Nebraska
Chancellor Pearlman
Coach Mark Pelini
Thomas Osborne

Univ. of Nebraska: Anti-gay discrimination has no place in football

    1. Petition by

      Athlete Ally

On March 6, assistant football coach Ron Brown testified against an Omaha ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Brown used his religious beliefs to oppose equality for the LGBT community. You can watch his testimony here.

Though we respect Brown’s right to his religious views, the University of Nebraska’s stated anti-discrimination policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Given his testimony in Omaha, we fear that allowing Brown to remain on the University of Nebraska coaching staff may lead to violations of that school policy and send a harmful message to LGBT students and their allies.

We believe that a coach at any university must be equipped to mentor and empower a diverse student body, including LGBT individuals, regardless of his or her religious beliefs. Sports are an important part of many individuals’ lives and everyone should feel comfortable accessing them with dignity and respect, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation.

Interested in other opinions? Check out this op-ed discussing concerns about Brown's testimony.

Please join us in calling on the University of Nebraska to stand up against discrimination by cutting ties with Ron Brown.

Together,


Hudson Taylor,

Executive Director of Athlete Ally

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    News

    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Huffington Post: Being Fired For Anti-Gay Views Would An 'Honor'

      Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach Ron Brown has come under fire for publicly expressing sentiments some say are anti-gay, but he insists he'll continue to speak out against homosexuality.

      In March, Brown, 55, testified against an Omaha anti-discrimination ordinance that extended protections to gay and transgender people, which prompted Barbara Baier of the Lincoln Board of Education to write to administrators at University of Nebraska–Lincoln to request the assistant coach's firing, the Associated Press is reporting.

      "The question I have for you all is, like Pontius Pilate, what are you going to do with Jesus?" Brown asked at the time. "Ultimately, if you don't have a relationship with Him, and you don't really have a Bible-believing mentality, really, anything goes...At the end of the day it matters what God thinks most."

    3. ESPN: Ron Brown defends anti-gay stance

      "OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown says he'll keep speaking out against homosexuality even if it costs him his job.

      'To be fired for my faith would be a greater honor than to be fired because we didn't win enough games," Brown said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I haven't lost any sleep over it. I realize at some point, we live in a politically correct enough culture where that very well could happen.'

      Brown earned national acclaim for leading a prayer at midfield before the Cornhuskers' game at scandal-torn Penn State six months ago. He has been under fire recently for testifying against an anti-discrimination ordinance that extended protections to gay and transgender people."

    4. Nebraska coach Ron Brown would be “honored” if he was fired

      "Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown said he’ll keep speaking out against gays, even if it costs him his job, but his bosses support him.

      Brown said in an interview with The Associated Press that 'to be fired for my faith would be a greater honor than to be fired because we didn’t win enough games. I haven’t lost any sleep over it. I realize at some point, we live in a politically correct enough culture where that very well could happen.'

      Coach Bo Pelini and athletic director Tom Osborne say Brown is a good coach and he is within his rights to express his personal views."

    5. Sports Illustrated: Nebraska Assistant Ron Brown

      "What happened is that Brown traveled to a city where he does not reside in order to threaten council members there with divine retribution if the city made gender identity and sexual orientation a protected class. How Brown slept before then, knowing a portion of the population in a city an hour away might be on the verge of gaining some recourse for matters like workplace discrimination, is not for us to understand."

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • David Walters WILTON MANORS, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I can NOT tolerate HOMOPHOBIA on ANY level! STOP THE HATE....ALREADY!

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    • Sarah Korus DENVER, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      I've been a lifelong Husker fan (was born and raised there) and I cannot believe that a representative of the Nebraska Cornhuskers would be allowed to continue to coach there after saying such horrible comments about the LGBT community. If he does not leave I will stop rooting for the Huskers and stop supporting the alumni association.

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    • Brian Berry LINCOLN, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      we are all one

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    • Linda & Patty Wilson SANTA ROSA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Hey real[y Mr. Brown-how does God feel about this and are you so sure? How do you speak for God? How do figure equality for one takes away from another? You are a wolf in sheep's clothing and that is a sin.

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    • Melissa Sherlock PENSACOLA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I can tell you where my children are NOT going to school, and it's NOT the prayer that has put me off.

      Because while the idea of Mr Brown making a martyr of himself makes me ill, I can't stand the idea of him infecting young and still mostly defenseless minds even more. He has no business 'teaching' period.

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